Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Salt Lake City man dies in Wyo. rock climbing fall
This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

A 25-year-old Salt Lake City man fell to his death while rock climbing in a rugged area of northwest Wyoming.

Kevin Alexander Volkening was climbing with a group of friends in the Crandall area Friday evening when he fell about 50 feet onto a rock surface, according ot Lance Mathess with the Park County Sheriff's Office.

Dispatchers receieved a call about 6 p.m. and rescue crews arrived to find Volkening unresponsive about an hour later. He was pronounced dead shortly after that and his body was removed from the area Saturday morning.

Mathess says friends and family described Volkening as a "veteran climber" with nearly 10 years of experience.

Kolin Powick, director of quality at Black Diamond, worked with Volkening for about a year and a half.

"We are all in shock at this devastating loss," Powick said in a statement. Powick described how a block Volkening was standing on gave away, causing him to fall. He was also wearing a helmet.

Powick added that they will miss his infectious smile, his hideous "Spirit Shirt Fridays" and his "super stoked" attitude.

"Kevin was always smiling, always willing to help out in any way with any project, and always…ALWAYS psyched to climb," Powick said in the statement. "… From rock and ice in the Western US, alpine in Alaska, local bouldering and training at the gym — Kevin was a climber."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

mmcfall@sltrib.com

Twitter: @mikeypanda

Outdoors • He was a veteran climber with an infectious smile.
Article Tools

 Print Friendly
 
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Login to the Electronic Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.